Master of Health Care Administration (MHA)

Kaplan University’s curriculum is continuously reviewed by experienced industry experts who see the big picture and the ways you may fit into it. With America’s health care system undergoing dramatic changes—and experiencing faster-than-average growth*—the management of this shifting landscape is expected to require professionals with special knowledge, insight, and problem-solving skills. The new wave of medical and health services managers must be prepared to handle complex new developments in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy, and management.

Kaplan University master’s degree in health care administration could help prepare you to seek leadership and management positions in governmental, nonprofit, public and private organizations. The rising costs and shifting accessibility of quality health care are critical issues to individuals and organizations nationwide. Effective leadership in the industry could help improve management structures and find solutions to unique challenges facing individuals and communities.

Master of Health Care Administration Program Highlights

The program is designed to help you:

  • Compare theoretical health care principles essential to leadership positions.
  • Design effective strategies based on leadership and management concepts within the health care industry.
  • Assess the impact of economics, ethics, professional standards, and the law on health care administration.
  • Develop policies and programs to address health care industry concerns.
  • Analyze statistical and financial methods in order to evaluate health care practices.

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

With a Master of Health Care Administration from Kaplan University, you may be prepared to pursue a wide range of leadership and management positions, including health services manager, health services project administrator, managed-care facility manager, and more.You may also have built a solid foundation for the further pursuit of academic degrees.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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December 07, 2016

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 52

    Total Program Credits: 52

    • HA 510: ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH CARE Change

      This course explores organizational behavior, theory, and development as they apply to the health care industry. Topics include, but are not limited to, classic and modern theory, individual behavior and motivation, group dynamics, conflict management, decision making, culture values, and organizational dysfunction. Physician leadership development and change management are also explored.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 515: LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH CARE Change

      This course explores organizational theory and behavior essential for successful leadership and management in the health care industry. Emphasis will be placed on communication techniques, self-analysis, and strategies for best practices in order to effectively implement key leadership and management concepts in dynamic health care environments. Key values that guide a leader's personal and professional behavior and influence overall effectiveness will be explored, as well as their impact on overall leadership styles.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 520: HEALTH CARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT Change

      This course introduces the terminology, theory, concepts and techniques used in the finance functions in health care organizations. Students gain an understanding of the important role of finance in health care organizations and learn various techniques to develop, manage, and control finances. Students interpret financial statements, prepare analyses with cost finding and price setting, and conduct break-even analyses. The course provides students with experience in capital and operating budgets, financial forecasts, and business plan preparation. Students will be expected to expand their utilization of spreadsheet applications.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 525: HEALTH LAW Change

      This course provides analysis of law, the legal system, and current legal problems as they relate to the financing and delivery of health care services. This course covers interrelated legal topics pertinent to health care organizations including contracts, medical malpractice, legal and ethical obligations to provide health care, privileging, medical decision making, tax exemption, antitrust, fraud, and health information management. Students are encouraged to discuss how the law supports or hinders current efforts to improve health care delivery systems.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 530: HUMAN RESOURCES FOR HEALTH CARE MANAGERS Change

      This course provides an analysis and evaluation of how human resource management is applied in different health care settings. The course focuses on the major elements of human resource man­agement, as well as the ways in which it can be used in the strategic planning of the organization. Students investigate ongoing human resources practice and issues from a health care perspective such as recruitment, contract/agreement, training/education/support, retention, performance evalu­ation, compensation, legal and regulatory issues, and strategic planning.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 535: HEALTH CARE STATISTICS Change

      In this course, you will be introduced to the practical applications of descriptive and inferential statistics for the health industry. You will formulate a data procurement plan by analyzing real-world data. Additionally, you will learn how to effectively disseminate published health research data and apply this new knowledge within the field.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 540: HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS AND QUALITY ASSESSMENT Change

      This course provides an interdisciplinary perspec­tive on operations and quality management in health care, taking into account the disciplines of organizational behavior and health management research. Special attention is given to causal tools and approaches that are fundamental to total qual­ity management and continuous quality improve­ment.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 545: HEALTH POLICY Change

      This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of health care policy development in the United States of America. Students focus on health care policy formation and evaluation by investigating public policy and politics. Students consider a variety of elements that factor into health policy development such as economics, political science, management, communications, and public health.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 560: COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT Change

      This course provides students with the skills needed to enhance (assess) the health of a community. Students focus on health behaviors, environmental influences, health policy, and economic and health care system issues in health promotion and disease prevention.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 565: HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND ASSESSMENT Change

      This course provides a comprehensive examination of the principles and practices of the management of health information. The course covers three principal areas of health information management: Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), electronic health in­formation management (e-HIM), and informatics.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 570: HEALTH CARE ETHICS Change

      This course provides an examination of both the theory and the principles of ethics within the health care industry. The course covers national standards for the protection of individual's health information as applied to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers. Students also learn other health industry regulations that protect employees, patients, and providers. The integration of ethics as the foundation for long-term as well as day-to-day operations of an entity is emphasized.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 575: HEALTH CARE MARKETING Change

      This course provides an analysis and evaluation of the principles and concepts of marketing as they apply to health care organizations. The course covers essential elements of marketing as well as direct applications of marketing tools and strate­gies in the dynamic health care environment.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 599: MASTER'S CAPSTONE IN HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION Change

      The capstone course is the culminating experience for the Master of Health Care Administration. This course builds on the concepts of all the courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired through their coursework in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program in health care administration.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term

Curriculum: Concentration

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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Health Service Managers, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Medical-and-health-services-managers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.